Lie On Your Back on a Cool Summer Night and Stare at the Shooting Stars

It’s a long weekend, the rain has finally given way to sunshine, and many of you are going to leave work early to head out somewhere nice. But even if you don’t get out of the city, here’s a couple songs that might give you that feeling of escape.

MP3: JC Carroll – Caveman TV
JC Carroll was the main songwriter for punk band The Members and I had no idea he was still making music until I heard the backsell of this tune on BBC 6music. I love the wistful "Everybody’s Talking" vibe, the lyrical hook and, of course, the harp. Some smart ad agency should snap this up and use it for a car or travel commercial and ruin it for everybody.

MP3: Bertrand Burgulat featuring Robert Wyatt – This Summer Night
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This song would still be good if someone else was on vocals, but Robert Wyatt’s distinctive world-weary-but-romantic delivery just makes it incredible. I wish Burgulat didn’t come in to sing near the end, his thin reedy voice (which I don’t mind in general) just doesn’t quite meld. Shouldn’t it have been a female, anyway? Nonetheless, I don’t tire of this one, perfect for "a night just made for dancing."

Photo from my friend Don’s Flickr photostream

I Left a Toothbrush in San Francisco

Just got back from a long weekend in San Francisco, visiting friends, eating lots of stuff, seeing Jens Lekman (again), missing American Analog Set, and falling for my friend’s adorable 18-month-old daughter, Diaz. A full report to follow, but here are some photos: